With the ongoing debate between the city and the police and firefighter unions over benefits and healthcare premiums showing no signs of concluding anytime soon, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce commissioned a telephone survey on the issue.
The survey, conducted for the chamber by a third party, used voter registration information for 501 random phone calls. Participants were asked if they would favor firefighters and police paying for a portion of their healthcare.
San Antonio police officers and firefighters used time off of from their shifts Wednesday to fill the seats inside City Hall to hear recommendations by a task force appointed to study healthcare and retirement benefits.
That task force met a total of eight times, beginning last October. Members like chairman Reed Williams, a former city councilman, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, business leader and pension expert Sam Dawson, and firefighter Lt. Jerry Cortes looked at the city's general fund revenues versus the cost of running the public safety departments.
The future of transportation may be smart cars but it will take smart highways to get us there. From safety to pollution to the mother-of-all-issues, traffic, intelligent transportation offers promising solutions to all of them.
In 2011 congestion alone cost Americans $121 billion in lost time and gas, according to the most recent Urban Mobility Study.
As early voting begins tomorrow for primary races across the state we highlight the race for the Democratic nominee for Bexar County Judge. Longtime District 4 County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson is challenging sitting Judge, Nelson Wolff.
Both men have served over a decade at the county level. Adkisson was elected in 1998 and Wolff appointed as judge in 2001.
In two weeks the San Antonio City Council will receive a briefing on the results of the Healthcare and Retirement Benefits Task Force, known as the Legacy Task Force.
The committee studied how the city can modify the current system in place for uniformed safety personnel. While all sides see a resolution in sight, it depends on who you ask as to the route that will get them there.
A budget and contract battle looms as the city task force in charge of evaluating future finances takes a hard look at the pension and health benefits of city fire and police forces. The task force finished its work yesterday and is scheduled to be presented to council on February 19.
The terms of these benefits, which are far more generous than other municipal workers, were agreed to more than 20 years ago.
Nearly 300 Edison High School students got hands-on experience with triage and search-and-rescue on Monday morning. A simulated school bus "explosion" was part of a four-hour training exercise at the Public Safety Magnet school. The students played the role of first responders.
It's a scenario that no one wants to see happen: An I.E.D. explodes on an SAISD school bus, injuring several dozen students--followed by a second blast a few minutes later.